The OCP Group, world leader in the phosphate industry, becomes a member of the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP) for the promotion of the sustainable management of phosphorus.
“The group will share its expertise and best practices with more than 40 ESPP members as well as its vast network of researchers and industrial players covering the entire phosphate and phosphorus value chain, in order to reflect together to new and innovative ways to make optimal use of this resource,” OCP said in a press release.
The OCP group extracts, processes, transforms and exports phosphate products from the largest global phosphate reserves known to date in Morocco, to its customers on the 5 continents who target farmers in Europe, Africa, America and in the whole world, recalls the same source. As the responsible custodian of this resource throughout its entire value chain, from the fertilizer production process to their use by farmers, OCP places at the heart of its strategy the need to offer the “right fertilizer, at the right place, at the right price for all farmers,” the statement said. This is the essence of the 4Rs approach for reasoned fertilization (Right source, Right quantity, Right time, Right place), intended to ensure an efficient use of fertilizers and based on science and best agricultural practices, for optimize the availability of nutrients.
“Thus, it is a priority to think about innovations linked to the recycling of phosphorus and therefore to face the challenge facing the industry today: How to meet the growing demand for phosphorus in a sustainable manner? Thanks to the sharing of knowledge and expertise of all the actors who support the phosphate industry, the ESPP has created an efficient and proactive network to think collectively on a green and sustainable management of this resource”, OCP continues.
The ESPP was founded in March 2013 by a declaration signed by several organizations committed to the sustainable management of phosphorus. The platform ensures knowledge sharing and networking opportunities to contribute to a long-term vision of phosphorus sustainability in Europe, where it is headquartered, but also through its member organizations on other continents like Japan and North America.
ESPP members cover a wide range of expertise in the phosphorus value chain, including phosphorus mining and processing, water and waste treatment in the phosphate industry, agriculture, the reuse and recycling of phosphorus as well as innovation and phosphorus technologies.
Committed to working for a sustainable and optimized management of the resource, the members of the ESPP belong to the private sector, NGOs and government organizations. As a member of the ESPP, the OCP Group will participate in the discussions, contribute to the research carried out by the platform and work for a sustainable management of phosphate, the same source specifies.
“We are happy to become a member of ESPP. Phosphorus is a vital resource and as a major player and responsible for the largest phosphate reserves known to date, we are committed to maximizing the potential of this resource, through the strength of innovation and R&D. to continue to create phosphate products that help feed the world in a sustainable way,” said Hanane Mourchid, Sustainability & Green Industrial Development director of OCP Group, quoted by the press release.
“Integrating the ESPP allows us to continue the work we have done to optimize and manage the use of phosphate in our industry, while sharing our knowledge with other players who share the same commitment”, she said. Adding that “If we are to continue to feed our growing population, it is essential to continue to find new and innovative ways to manage phosphate resources”.
ESPP President Ludwig Hermann said, “ESPP brings together organizations across the phosphorus value chain that are committed to addressing the challenges of the sustainability of this resource. We are delighted to welcome OCP Group as a member”.
He added: “As a major player in the phosphate industry and a major contributor to phosphorus research, we are delighted to help create opportunities for research and innovation around the management of phosphate, particularly concerning the recycling methods that will result from this partnership”.
“Ongoing dialogues and knowledge sharing are essential to ensure progress in the responsible use of phosphorus, which will nourish our world for centuries to come ”, he underlined.
And in addition to the reflection carried out by the ESPP on sustainable phosphorus, the platform is also working on water management, which is essential in particular for reducing eutrophication and preserving natural water resources. To date, OCP recycles 80% of the water used in its phosphate rock enrichment processes, thereby optimizing the use of water throughout the value chain.
With more than 100 years of expertise in the phosphate industry, the OCP group fully assumes the vital role it plays in supporting farmers to improve their yields and contribute to global food security. This mission is to ensure sufficient production to meet the growing demand for phosphate products, while minimizing the impact on the environment.
As such, the OCP group continually invests in innovation in order to improve the efficiency of the use and reuse of phosphate and offer a circular, customized and sustainable approach.
The OCP Group helps feed a growing world population by providing it with essential elements for soil fertility and plant growth. With a century of expertise and a turnover of 5.9 billion dollars in 2020, the OCP Group is the world leader in the plant nutrition and phosphate fertilizers market.